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Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot | [Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard]

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.
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Publisher's Summary

A riveting historical narrative of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the follow-up to mega-bestselling author Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

In January 1961, as the Cold War escalates, John F. Kennedy struggles to contain the growth of Communism while he learns the hardships, solitude, and temptations of what it means to be president of the United States. Along the way he acquires a number of formidable enemies, among them Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and Alan Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In addition, powerful elements of organized crime have begun to talk about targeting the president and his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy. In the midst of a 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned down by an erratic young drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former Marine Corps sharpshooter escapes the scene, only to be caught and shot dead while in police custody. The events leading up to the most notorious crime of the 20th century are almost as shocking as the assassination itself. Killing Kennedy chronicles both the heroism and deceit of Camelot, bringing history to life in ways that will profoundly move the listener. This may well be the most talked about book of the year.

©2012 Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Kristina frisco, TX, United States 11-18-12
    Kristina frisco, TX, United States 11-18-12
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    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to my books driving long distances and exercising. If a book is boring or the narrator is bad, I cannot listen to it. I have to have something keep me from falling asleep as motion makes me drowsy. This book kept me wide awake and very interested for 4 1/2 hours straight, until I reached my destination! This isn't a politically slanted book. Many people do not know that Bill O'Reilly is in the Kennedy family. As he says in the introduction (and he does great narrating the book), he has a unique view of the events and years leading up to JFK's demise. He does not prop conspiracy theories at all. It is a very factual book with loads of information that are true and merely history lessons, as well as new information that he says has never been made public. He had discovered new information in his research for the book with someone else. It was easy to picture in my mind, the events that Bill writes about. I felt like I was right there watching JFK and his family go through each milestone.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    jsakeo 10-10-14
    jsakeo 10-10-14
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    If you could sum up Killing Kennedy in three words, what would they be?

    Good history lesson. I learned a lot about the issues of the times and things going on in the Kennedy White House.


    What other book might you compare Killing Kennedy to and why?

    Killing Lincoln for obvious reasons.


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    He was OK though it sound like he is droning on at times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You definitely want to keep listening.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 09-21-14
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 09-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    Having been around the block a few times, I have been exposed to much that has been published both about Kennedy's life as well as his death. This book did not deliver much of anything different. That being said, O'Reilly does a great job narrating and it is a good story bringing a number of points together. So if you haven't read or heard a lot about this time of life, this is a good place to start.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Friedman Dallas, TX United States 09-19-14
    Jay Friedman Dallas, TX United States 09-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Best history book I've ever read"
    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20%. Would be higher but I've listened to truly great ones and this was that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Um...


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's a professional news anchor, so he's obviously pretty good at narration. His tone added to the book's enjoyment.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When I learned that Kennedy was actually Oswald's second assassination attempt!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deb New Milford, CT, United States 07-07-14
    Deb New Milford, CT, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Whatever you may feel about Bill Reilly and his politics this, as well as "Killing Lincoln" is a wonderful reflection during a most turbulent time. He adds historic detail as to what what going on in the world at the particular time. His narrations are great and I hope he writes more.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John D 06-11-14
    John D 06-11-14
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    What did you love best about Killing Kennedy?

    I enjoyed how this book put together the Official account of what happened together with the personal account of life in Camelot. The personal life tales mixed in with the Preidents daily agenda made the whole tragedy more real.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way that Bill ORielly's recount of the story clearly demonstrated his love and admiration for the President.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The recounts of Jack Jr in the Oval Office. I remember hearing an audio recording of the president attempting to conduct business as Jack Jr. was hear in the background of the recording and the real life response from the President, being a "dad".


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book was full of ups and downs as is the entire life of the Kennedys. You smiled as you recall the vast acconts of the hightly documented lives here. It's like seeing an old friend after a long absence.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Vanwilgen Guilford, CT United States 05-21-14
    L. Vanwilgen Guilford, CT United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've read numerous book on the Kennedy assassination and 'Camelot'. I truly enjoyed Bill O'Reilly's version. I found it filled with numerous tales/stories I had never heard before. And while other books were supposedly written with the assistance of the Secret Service members, those close to the President and even Jackie herself, I found this one to be the most believable of all. The fact that Bill O'Reilly read it himself made it all the better. I truly enjoyed the entertaining way in which the story line was presented. I highly recommend it. I liked this audio book so much I plan to try Killing Lincoln next.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    10-29-12
    10-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Way up there with the best. Loved it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    President Kennedy was, of course, the main interest and the best character. He and Jackie were colorful people.


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    Love Bill. Great Performance


    Any additional comments?

    Not a history buff but this kept my interest and also answered some questions I had. I lived through this segment of history and O'Reilly put answers to some of my questions.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Neenah, WI, United States 10-17-12
    Peter Neenah, WI, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to Killing Kennedy again? Why?

    Yes. If I didn't have a lot of other books that I want to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The objective nature of the story was refreshing. There are a lot of conspiracy theories and I felt he just told the facts.


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy his narration style. I have listen to his other books and he just makes you want to continue to listen.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming Bill. I enjoy listening to your books.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JerryL 10-16-12
    JerryL 10-16-12 Member Since 2013

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    O'Reilly and Dugard do a good job on this book. I truly appreciate the historical insight the authors bring to events leading up to and immediately following President Kennedy's assassination.

    I was a fourth grader when it happened; our class was on the playground for recess when we heard the news. All of us were scared to death to hear about our President’s death. Several of our teachers were crying and hugging one another. I truly hope our children and grandchildren will never see history repeat itself.

    The book is well written and the history is meticulously researched…just wish O'Reilly would have had someone else do the reading...listening to the book was like watching The Factor for seven hours straight.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful

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